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Samsung DV150F Review

Samsung DV150F Review - The Samsung DV150F is a compact camera from Samsung with a front screen built in, as well as Wi-Fi for instant sharing.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Samsung DV150F DV151F
Price : £90
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Samsung DV150F White

The Samsung DV150F is a compact camera from Samsung with a front screen built in, as well as Wi-Fi for instant sharing.

Samsung DV150F Features

Samsung DV150F White

A front 1.5inch LCD screen is built in for easy self-portraits or for entertaining kids with built in animations, and a 5x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor take care of photos. On the rear is a 2.7inch screen, and the camera comes with a number of intelligent shooting modes, numerous scene modes, and built in effects.

One of the most appealing features is its Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning you can send photos to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket or email with videos uploaded to YouTube. You can also upload to a cloud service, meaning you can backup your photos and then delete some, creating space to take more pictures. The Samsung Mobile link app makes it possible to send your images to your smartphone or tablet. Images can also be saved to your PC with auto backup.

Key Features 

  • 16.2 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, 25mm equivalent wide-angle
  • ?Optical image stabilisation
  • 2.7inch screen, 230k dot resolution
  • 1.5inch front-screen, 61k dot resolution
  • Wi-Fi Sharing
  • 720p video
  • ISO80 - ISO3200
  • 5cm macro mode
  • MicroSD slot
  • Available in white, blue, green, pink and purple

Samsung DV150F Handling

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The camera is compact with a plastic body, with the on/off and front LCD buttons on top, as well as the shutter release with zoom control. On the back is the home and menu buttons, as well as direct Wi-Fi sharing button. The Home button lets you choose from the large variety of shooting modes, while the Menu button lets you set shooting options. There's also quick access to flash, macro and self-timer on the 4-way controller, with play and delete buttons underneath. There is little to grip on to either at the front or the back, so the use of the provided wrist strap is highly recommended to stop you from dropping the camera. The camera is extremely compact making it easy to put into small pockets.

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The menus are clear and easy to navigate, with the modes all represented with clear colourful icons spread over a number of screens, with text to say what the mode is as well. The screen is clear enough, although it is smaller than other compact cameras, at 2.7inches. The front screen is small at 1.5inches, and low resolution, but does provide a useful display for shooting yourself, groups, or to display a self-timer countdown. It can also be used to entertain children, which can help get their attention.

Samsung DV150F White

The main attractions when using the W-Fi are the ability to upload straight to Facebook and connecting to a smartphone to transfer pictures and use as a mobile viewfinder. It's all as simple as connecting to your Wi-Fi and following the on-screen instructions. To work with smartphones, you'll also need to download apps on those devices. Battery life rating isn't provided by Samsung, however we were able to take a decent number of shots without having to recharge the battery.

Samsung DV150F Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Samsung DV150F DV151F Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Some red-eye is visible in the portrait photo with flash, although the front screen makes portraits more fun, and colour is good. Colour and exposure are good, with good colour reproduction.

Samsung DV150F DV151F Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images show soft corners at the wide end of the lens, although detail is generally good in the rest of the image, as well as when zoomed in. Digital zoom is best avoided unless you plan on sharing on website such as Facebook where the image will be resized. Some purple fringing is visible, although this is most noticable in areas of high contrast, and wasn't too much of a problem in most shots. Dynamic range is decent, and can be extended using the backlighting scene mode.

Samsung DV150F DV151F ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO80 and ISO100. Noise increases at ISO200, with a slight loss in detail. Noise increases again at ISO400 with further detail loss. Images become softer at ISO800, although results still appear usable. Noise is highest at ISO3200, with lots of detail loss, and this setting is best avoided, although ISO1600 may provide useful results, particularly if resized.

Samsung DV150F DV151F White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under tungsten lighting with a slightly warm result, and the tungsten preset gives a more neutral result. AWB performs extremely well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a slight colour cast, so it's best to stick to AWB balance.

Panoramic SAM 0021 | 1/250 sec | f/9.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 320
Panoramic | 1/250 sec | f/9.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 320

Panorama mode - The panoramic mode lets you pan the camera from one side to another while holding the shutter button down. The camera automatically stitches the image together while you shoot. The resolution is low, and detail is also poor, so these are best used for sharing on the web.

Samsung DV150F DV151F Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are a number of scene modes, frame options, as well as digital effects available, including: miniature, vignette, art effects, cross screen, sketch, soft focus, fisheye, old film, half-tone, monochrome, retro, zoom, as well as a number of split shot options.

Video - Video is recorded at 720p (1280x720) at 30fps with mono sound, and optical zoom is available while recording. You can also pause the video while recording. Quality is reasonable, although it would benefit from optical image stabilisation which this camera does not feature.


Value For Money

The Samsung DV150F is priced at £129, therefore we would recommend looking at the Samsung WB30F for £119, with more zoom and a larger rear screen, or you can save money and have a look at the Samsung ST150F, available for £99. Other compact cameras with built in Wi-Fi include the following, although none of them feature a front screen:

Samsung WB30F, 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £119
Nikon Coolpix S5200, 6x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £165
Panasonic Lumix SZ5, 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £89
Canon IXUS 240, 5x optical zoom, touchscreen, Wi-Fi, £99
Canon IXUS 140, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £160

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Samsung DV150F Verdict

The Samsung DV150F features a front screen, which could be perfect for people who are taking "Selfies" and then want to upload straight to Facebook or Twitter. However, for everyone else, there is better value to be found from other Samsung Wi-Fi cameras, such as the Samsung ST150F, with a larger 3inch screen, or the Samsung WB30F with a 10x optical zoom lens. Image quality is good, and the camera has excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, and for anyone who wants a front screen on a camera, then there are very few alternatives available.

Samsung DV150F Pros

f/2.5 wide-angle lens
Excellent Wi-Fi sharing
Very compact
Front screen
Available in a number of colours

Samsung DV150F Cons

2.7inch low resolution rear screen
Soft corners in images
Lacks grip
720p video

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Samsung DV150F DV151F Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.5 - f/6.3
35mm equivalent25mm - 125mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.33 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest16sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMINo
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • Micro SD
  • Micro SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
CIPA RatingNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight115g
Width95.5mm
Height55.2mm
Depth18.4mm

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